Bon Secours

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The site where ‘significant’ quantities of human remains were found buried under the site of a former institution for unmarried mothers run by the Sisters of the Bon Secours. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The examination of the mother-and-baby home site in Tuam, Co Galway, has been complicated because human remains from different babies are intermingled(...)

Priests heard there were “too many Masses in near-empty churches”. Photograph: Getty Images

Eight priests have taken their own lives in the past 10 to 15 years in Ireland, a meeting of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) in Cavan has be(...)

The Guardian hailed Leo Varadkar’s appointment as evidence of “a new, progressive Ireland”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If you only ever read the international headlines about this small, damp island of ours, you might be lulled into congratulating yourself for living i(...)

Former master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Peter Boylan said the thanks of the State should go to the Sisters of Charity for their “brave decision” and to the Minister for Health. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The former master of the National Maternity Hospital Peter Boylan has said he feels personally vindicated by the decision of the Religious Sisters of (...)

‘Significant’ children’s remains were found at a mother and babies home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Advice from international experts on the future of “significant” children’s remains found at a mother and babies home in Tuam, Co Galway will be consi(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said the aim of the expertise was to advise on options and best international practice. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Expert technical advice on the possible identification of children’s remains found near the former mother and babies home in Tuam, Co Galway will be s(...)

The Catholic church has played a leading role in the development of healthcare in Ireland over many years, but critics feel its direct involvement should now come to an end. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

I thought the row over moving the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) from Holles Street to St Vincent’s was settled. So why is it in the news again? T(...)

The site of the mass grave for children who died in  Tuam. What happened “is just so horrific, so terrible and such a shame on Ireland”, said Sinn Féin’s Martin Kenny. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Reflecting on the oppressive Ireland of mother and baby homes makes it easy to understand how Adolf Hitler was able to do what he did, the Dáil has he(...)

The Mater hospital in Dublin is fully owned by the Sisters of Mercy. Though few, if any, nuns are active in clinical work, members of the order sit on the board.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The controversies over the Tuam babies and the cost of the redress scheme for survivors of institutional abuse have led to renewed calls for an end to(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “Everything must be done to enable the truth to emerge.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has said “everything must be done to enable the truth to emerge” about the treatment of children and mothers (...)

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